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Sylvia Mueller and Robert Anderson (USA) | Markha Valley, India

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  • On the Thorong La pass
  • Relaxing in Ngawal village
  • Buddhist mani wall near Pisang
  • Trail to Thorong La
  • Muktinath village

Half Annapurna Circuit

Half Annapurna Circuit is the shorter version of the classic trek around the Annapurna massif including the main highlights such as crossing Thorong La.

We follow Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT) where possible and have been involved in promoting these new trails through organising a recce trek for outdoor journalist, Terry Adby. To see Terry’s articles include "The Return of the Annapurnas" in online magazine Outdoor Enthusiast starting on Page 46 and BMC The New Way: Trekking Nepal’s Annapurnas

Annapurna Circuit is one of the classic treks of the world offering a cross section of Nepal from lowland terraced rice fields, pine forest to the arid terrain in the Himalayan rain shadow near Muktinath. The trail starts at Besisahar and follows the Marsyangdi river through Gurung settlements to the Tibetan region of Manang. We are now in Buddhist country where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way.

The high point is the challenging day crossing the Thorung La pass at 5,416m followed by the trek down the deep Kali Gandaki gorge located between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs. After a relaxing soak in the hot springs at Tatopani we make the long climb to Ghorepani where we stay overnight then get up at sunrise for the Himalayan panoramic view point at Poon Hill. The mountain views throughout this trek encompass the highest and most beautiful in the world including Lamjung, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Machapuchare.



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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 17 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2020 - £1,675 (or US$2,115 or €1,850) 2021 - £1,675 (or US$2,115 or €1,850)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All internal transport and transfers including private airport collections
  • Internal flight at the end of the trek from Jomsom to Pokhara & Kathmandu
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room in Kathmandu at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador.
  • Twin share room with common bathroom while on trek
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Annapurna region from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Complimentary Annapurna trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • April 3rd to 19th 2020
  • May 1st to 17th 2020
  • October 2nd to 18th 2020
  • October 16th to November 1st 2020
  • October 30th to November 15th 2020
  • November 20th to December 6th 2020

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Drive to Jagat (930m) 
  • Day 3Trek to Dharapani (1,940m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Chame (2,700m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Pisang (3,190m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Manang (3,500m) 
  • Day 7Day walks for acclimatisation around Manang (3,500m) 
  • Day 8Day walks for acclimatisation around Manang (3,500m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Yak Kharka (4,090m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,490m) 
  • Day 11Cross the Thorong La pass (5,400m) and to Muktinath (3,800m) 
  • Day 12Spare/ buffer trek day 
  • Day 13Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m) 
  • Day 14Trek to Jomsom 
  • Day 15Fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu 
  • Day 16Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 17Depart Kathmandu for flight home 
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